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Tip Sheet for the week of Jan. 11, 2010

RELEASED: Jan. 11, 2010

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UW-Eau Claire's College of Business is one of the top 100 colleges in the world for research in the field of information systems for 2007-09, and Dr. Matt Germonprez, assistant professor of information systems at UW-Eau Claire, is among the top 100 IS researchers worldwide during that same timeframe, according to a study conducted by a professor at the University of Arkansas. Dr. Viswanath Venkatesh developed the top 100 lists by tracking research articles published between 2007 and 2009 in six journals identified by the Association for Information Systems as the premier journals in the IS field. UW-Eau Claire's IS department had four papers published in the journals during the 2007-09 timeframe included in the study. Germonprez was a co-author of three of the four papers. Only two other UW System business schools — UW-Milwaukee and UW-Madison — were included in the top 100 list. For more information, contact Dr. Matt Germonprez at 715-836-5968 or germonr@uwec.edu.

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Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine has again UW-Eau Claire among its 100 best values in public colleges. In Kiplinger's 2009-10 "100 Best Values in Public Colleges," UW-Eau Claire is ranked 67th for in-state students and 64th in best value for out-of-state students. The rankings are based on academic quality, overall costs and financial aid availability. To create its top 100 lists, Kiplinger's reviews data from more than 500 public four-year colleges and universities throughout the country. It narrows the list based on measures of academic quality, including things like ACT scores, graduation rates and student-faculty ratios. It then ranks schools on costs and financial aid.

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Students and community members participating in the 2010 Winterim Civil Rights Pilgrimage are posting photos and comments about their trip on a blog. You can find the blog at http://uweccivilrightspilgrimage.blogspot.com/. Fifty people are visiting sites of historic importance to the U.S. civil rights movement as part of the pilgrimage. They will return Monday, Jan. 18. The group will visit the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. in Atlanta; the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, Ala.; the Civil Rights Memorial and the Rosa Parks Museum and Library in Montgomery, Ala.; the National Voting Rights Museum and other sites in Selma, Ala.; Central High School and the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Ark.; and the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn.

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